2010

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'Loser' Labor Standoff

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A summary of the IATSE "Biggest Loser" strike and a photo from the picket lines. See The Hollywood Reporter. Note - because this is from the weekly edition, a subscription is required to view the page. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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WGA Sends Out 'Pattern of Demands' Seeking Major Contract Improvements

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Goals include increases in minimums, pension and health, home video residuals and new media reuse, and revamps of pitching process. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

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About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG Manager Investigated for Embezzlement of Unclaimed Residuals

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Two employees were discharged, one for possible embezzlement of $200,000-$250,000 and the other for violation of policies. An outside probe is ongoing. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

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The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Picketers to Face Replacement Workers at 'Biggest Loser' on Monday

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IATSE decries 'strike-breakers' hired by production company to cross picket line. It looks like there will be fireworks Monday morning at NBC’s Biggest Loser, as IATSE picketers confront replacement workers hired by the show’s production companies. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece

EXCLUSIVE: Union Starts Picketing 'Biggest Loser'

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Fifty crew members walk off Wednesday's shoot; the group is demanding a union contract for the reality show with pension and health benefits. union drama unfolded Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu as a small group of below-the-line workers picketed at the state park where NBC's The Biggest Loser is produced.

SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Analysis: How the Guilds Lost the 'Hobbit' War

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Will entertainment workers of the world unite? Probably not any time soon. They just tried, and it blew up in their faces. But why? The analysis is in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG/AFTRA Deadline Passes Without Deal With AMPTP

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Negotiations continue into the weekend and possibly beyond. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Showbiz Labor Guide Party!

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My friends at the Showbiz Labor Guide are having a launch party for this year's edition. It's this Thursday Nov. 4. For details and to RSVP: [link]. See you there

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SAG Negotiated with WB to Lift 'Hobbit' Boycott

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The guild’s role in New Zealand dispute had been previously unknown. For details, see my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

New Zealand to 'Fight Like Hell' for 'The Hobbit'

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I've got the details no one else does, exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

JLH on NZ radio re Hobbit

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I'll be on New Zealand Radio Live [link] one hour from now, i.e., 9:10 p.m. LA time. Have a listen! -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG Elects Ned Vaughn 1st National VP

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Election completes moderate, pro-merger sweep. For details, see my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in "week or two"

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Situation unchanged after union, management meeting. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

New Zealand actors split on 'Hobbit' stance

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Some fear guilds' unionization stand will drive out production. For details: my THR piece. ———————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Australian official calls for end to 'Hobbit' spat

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And Scotland weighs in as well. Details: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

N.Z. government offers to mediate 'Hobbit' spat

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And meanwhile a fire destroys a "Hobbit" miniatures facility. For detail, see my THR piece: [link]. ———————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

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The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

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However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

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A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

People on the Move: SAG Lawyer Joining Fox

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SAG vet Laura Beedy Ritchie moves to the other side of the table in 10 days. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

DGA Talks Continue for Third Week

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Still no news as talks go into possibly final week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

'Biggest Loser' Crew Reaches New Deal, Ends Strike

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The agreement between IATSE and Reveille will provide the crew with health benefits -- their major goal. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

DGA Talks Continue

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Details in The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

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Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

California Labor Federation Endorses 'Biggest Loser' Strike

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Group represents 2.1 million union members; it's unknown what additional steps the organization may take to support the strikers. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

DGA-AMPTP Talks Start

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A press blackout is in effect as up to two to three weeks of talks start. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

LA County AFL-CIO Council Targets 'Biggest Loser'

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Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, plans to endorse the IATSE strike, now in its second week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

100 IATSE Picketers March at ‘Biggest Loser’ Monday

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Striking crew and their supporters confront a small number of vehicles entering the production site. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

AFTRA Endorses IATSE 'Biggest Loser' Organizing Campaign

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The union issued an unequivocal statement of support. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Same Picture Post-Election at the Animation Guild

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Business representative Steve Hulett and most incumbents re-elected. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG/AFTRA Merger Details Hinted

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SAG may seek to merge the unions prior to the pension and health plans; completion in 2011 may be the SAG goal. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

SAG/AFTRA and DGA Schedule Details Emerge

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Timing of ballots and negotiations disclosed. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG, Studios Reach Agreement on Basic Cable and Animation

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The deals are similar to the TV/theatrical agreement reached last week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter

WGA, IATSE Weigh in on SAG/AFTRA Deal

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Writers and crew unions join DGA in congratulating the actors on their tentative agreement. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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Actors' Unions Reach Deal With AMPTP

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SAG/AFTRA tentative agreement includes 2% annual wage bumps and 1.5% P&H increase. Details in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

NZ Government Changes Labor Law at Warner Bros. Prompting

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After a day of angry debate, the NZ Parliament passed legislation to impede or prevent unionization of film industry workers in the country. For details, see my THR piece. On a personal note - during the debate, a Member of Parliament read out portions of one of my THR articles. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

Hobbit stays in NZ

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But the government will pay up to US$25 million and make legislative changes negotiated with Warner Bros. Prime Minister also announces a 'long-term strategic partnership' with studio. Details in my THR piece - the first story out in the U.S. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.